Dr. Alex Halderman is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Center for Computer Security and Society at the University of Michigan … with focus on hacking.
Halderman is no fan of Donald Trump, and from his public statements I would surmise that his politics are normal academic Lefty, but intellectually honest normal academic Lefty.
Professor Halderman … was commissioned to perform a professional analysis of Dominion Voting cybersecurity and cyber-integrity, or lack thereof. His 25,000 word monograph on the subject may turn out to be the MacGuffin [an object or event that is necessary to the plot and the motivation of the characters, but insignificant, unimportant, or irrelevant in itself] of this pivotal moment in American history. …
Halderman, who has been leading the study of voting machines for over a decade, was commissioned by the court to inspect a new Dominion machine. He wrote a 25,000 word report on the subject. For reasons that will be explained below, that report has yet to see the light of day with the public…
Weeks before the November 2020 election:
Federal Judge Amy Totenberg [sister of Nina Totenberg, a leading commentator on leftist NPR] wrote a decision that indicated profound mistrust of the voting systems and a desire to get rid of them, but found it was too late to unplug them for the November 2020 election then only weeks away.
Judge Totenberg sealed everything she could about the case, including Professor Halderman’s monograph. …
Amy and Nina Totenberg protect the public from disagreeable facts
Halderman moved the court for permission to break the protective order on his findings, that he might get them to DHS-CISA [Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency].
He makes clear in his submission to the court that the vulnerabilities he found could easily be used by domestic or foreign actors to rig an election on these machines, and that there are 16 states at risk, and that it is a matter of national security.
Halderman states “these are not theoretical problems but rather specific flaws in [Dominion] software” and his “prepared to demonstrate proof-of-concept malware that can … steal votes.” …
This is an “urgent” matter of national security and “nefarious actors” may be preparing to “exploit” these flaws in upcoming elections.
Professor Halderman carefully avoids saying anything about November 2020, but submitted emails to show he is communicating with CISA and that they stand ready to work with, taking the vulnerabilities he found so that they might be patched before the next election (which in many states occurs in November 2021).
Judge Amy Totenberg has refused to let Professor Halderman provide his report to DHS-CISA. Instead, she said, DHS must write her a letter directly asking for the report (which everyone knows will never happen), and then she will consider it.
Our nation’s leading professor on the cybervulnerabilities of voting systems is saying in a report that Dominion’s machines are compromised. …
He wants to warn … our federal government about the hacks he has found and which we must assume the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, and everyone else has found …
But he is not allowed to give that information to the US Government because he is blocked by a federal judge named Amy Totenberg (sister of NPR Nina Totenberg).
If only there were a pattern….
The left’s response is schizophrenic:
They understand the seriousness of the issue, but struggle to reconcile that with their NPC-programming. They wish to take positions simultaneously that:
- this is an extremely serious problem for our society;
- we all know there was no election fraud affecting the November 2020 election because, well, we all already know it.
I don’t suppose the public — the voters — are ever going to see that report on how their votes might have been stolen?
Or does modern government depend on keeping secrets from you that would “threaten our democracy”?
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific